Showing posts with label Megan Forward. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Megan Forward. Show all posts

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

Jacaranda Magic

Jacaranda Magic by Dannika Patterson, illustrated by Megan Forward (Ford Street Publishing) HB ISBN:9781925804003   RRP $24.95 PB ISBN: 9781925804010   RRP $16.95

Reviewed by Brook Tayla

The flowers falling from the jacaranda tree sparks the imagination of five bored friends with nothing to do in this newly released picture book.

 The story, written in rhyming verse, weaves its way through a multitude of scenarios that the children imagine as they play on and around the jacaranda which is in full bloom. Childhood freedom and fun is presented, reminding readers of all ages of the simple joys of life that can be created just by using your imagination.

Award winning illustrator, Megan Forward, has portrayed the story in watercolours that give off a day-dreamy feel - inviting readers into the imaginary worlds that the children make up and explore.

This is a great book to read to children to remind them that we have the best time when life is simple, creative, spontaneous and playful – especially when we share those times interacting with family and friends - and often the best times are in the outdoors. It’s also a great book to have on hand if you hear the ‘bored’ word.

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Thursday, 4 October 2018

Jacaranda Magic

Jacaranda Magic by Dannika Patterson, illustrated by Megan Forward (Ford Street Publishing) PB RRP $16.95
ISBN 9781925804010

Reviewed by Kylie Buckley

Jacaranda Magic is a picture book that delightfully captures the beauty of imaginative play and the enchantment that nature so brilliantly provides.

The tale begins with five young friends sitting under a jacaranda tree pondering what to do. They are stuck for ideas until nature beautifully intervenes. The children’s imaginations are soon ignited when a cool breeze causes the purple bell-shaped blooms to rain upon them. The small flowers transform into a variety of props including genies, butterflies and asteroids. The large tree branches become abodes, vehicles and vessels for their lively outdoor adventures.

Jacaranda Magic is beautifully written in verse and accompanied by gorgeous soft pencil and watercolour illustrations, predominately in double-page spreads. This playful picture book is likely to engage children aged 4-6 years old. It would be equally suitable for the early years’ classroom or read as a bedtime story at home. This tale would sing to the heart of any early childhood educator. Let’s hope that the magic of open-ended imaginative play is never lost.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

All I Want for Christmas is Rain

All I Want for Christmas is Rain by Cori Brooke, illustrated by Megan Forward.  (New Frontier Publishing) PB RRP: $24.99 ISBN 9781925059717

Reviewed by Rebecca Newman

In this picture book for young readers, drought threatens a family’s outback farm and Jane decides to travel by train to town to ask Santa to bring rain for Christmas.

The story is told through rhyming text and the rhythm has occasional hiccups, but the story itself is simple and enjoyable.

Megan Forward’s illustrations are the highlight of the book — starting with the endpapers at the opening of the book where we have a hint of the drought with swirling brown. The artwork greatly assists in the storytelling, echoing the heat of an outback summer and drawing the reader through to the end of the book with the arrival of Christmas rain (thank you, Santa!). The  endpapers at the end of the book have a greenish tinge as a hint to what will come.

All I want for Christmas is rain would be a great book as a starting point when discussing children’s experiences of Christmas in urban and outback Australia, and in the Northern Hemisphere.